Ms. Sakina is a 31-year-old married woman and a mother of three children. She has been manufacturing carpets for many years. She offers various handmade carpets and is famous within her circle for providing good quality products. She is happily doing it for the sake of her family. She is trying hard to fulfill their demands, which include food, health, clothing, and education. This is her third year with Kashf Foundation. She is satisfied with the support from the Kashf Foundation and has applied for a loan of PKR 20,000 to purchase good quality wool, nylon, polyester, and polypropylene fibers. In this way her business will flourish more and will ultimately help her to support her family well.
About Kashf Foundation
Kashf Foundation is one of the leading microfinance providers in Pakistan, focused on expanding financial access for poor women across the country. The organization’s economic empowerment program has grown from 913 clients in 1999 to 284,653 clients as of May 2012, with a current outstanding portfolio of US$32 million.
Kashf has trained over 227,000 clients in basic financial literacy and systemized financial education since 2010, in addition to providing training in gender justice and empowerment to over 12,500 participants since 2011. This group includes clients, their husbands and adolescent boys in their communities.
Over the past 16 years, Kashf has disbursed an estimated 2 million loans. Today, it operates in 16 districts in Punjab province and 1 district in Sindh province through a network of 157 branches. It plans to open 19 new branches to cover all four of Pakistan’s provinces.